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Destingo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.destingo.ca
  • Phone: (647) 748-3113
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Arshad Uwais
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Destingo offers its patrons the option of dining Destingo-style offsite! With a lovely selection of foods from salads to sandwiches, you can get your Destingo fill for any event!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Palmerston
  • Public Transit: Steps from 501 Streetcar.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available along Queen St, and surrounding streets of the restaurant.
A word from Destingo
A place you are destined to go...

Destingo Modern Italian Kitchen, located at 741 Queen St. West, is a casual dining experience you don't want to miss. With a wide range of modern Italian dishes from seafood risotto and margherita pizza to the unique and mouth watering shrimp burger, you will sure to find your fill at Destingo. Our flexible hours allow you to enjoy Destingo all week long, with breakfast served weekdays 8am-11am, and brunch on weekends 9am-3pm you can be sure to find a time to stop in for a nice time.

The warm and rustic atmosphere is perfect for any small party or special event, where you can eat great food, and enjoy family and friends!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "After we sat down at our table, our server never came to introduce herself or asked to take our order. We had to wait at least 15 min and we were all so hungry that we just asked a random server to help us. After waiting a long time after placing our orders, the bread finally came but we had absolutely no cutlery or plates at the table. Again, we had to ask our server to set the table for us so we didn't have to eat everything with our hands. As for dessert, they were out of everything we ordered so they just gave us ONE plate of half melted icecream and 2 pieces of cakes. And we were only given spoons with no extra plates, so everyone had to just eat off of the plate in the center. Overall, it was an extremely disappointing experience."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Reserved table on patio....outstanding "curb appeal" with fabulous flowers and "greeter" at entrance. Very welcoming. Attentive, friendly staff and food reviews from all four of us was excellent. We appreciated that the staff offered us a choice of the Summerlicious menu or regular menu. We would recommend and will return."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Overall was not a great experience: 1) hostess was disorganized in seating 2) took over an hour to get our meal 3) food was mediocre and i found a hair in my dessert -place has potential though, our waitress was pleasant once she started serving us...needs better management/organization"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food very much, the service was friendly and attentive, excellent choice of wines on the whole a very pleasant outing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have a food allergy and the service and attention was commendble. The owner came to my table to make sure my order was attended to properly. The food was served tastefully and safely. Very good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great food and great patio. Went on a work lunch or the summerlicious menu. Food was quick to come out and the service was good."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "A very pleasant surprise for a casual patio on Queen west. Food is well prepared - wine list reasonable, excellent staff...for a treat try the viletllo destingo if veal scallopini with baby sea scallops turns your clock. Pizza are also excellent and for the gluten free, they are very accommodating. And its a great patio at dinner time especially when the sun is setting in the North west sky. Highly recommend! Apparently the brunch is suppose to be great too."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I really wanted to love this place. Food was good, no fault there. Standard Italian, nothing innovative. Prices were good too. Service was abismal from our server. The floor manager was doing the servers job. She could not care less about the customer and it showed."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant, great service. They ran out of the catch of the day so have us lobster for the same price. The prosciutto was delicious! The bolognese was great but could've had a little bit more meat as a bolognese. Other than that, we'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The service and the food was excellent. This was our first visit and will be going back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Make sure to put on sunscreen if heading here. There are no umbrellas on their huge and sunny patio. It was so hot!! Also the service was terrible. The waitress messed up at least 5 or 6 things with our order and even flat out lied when asked if a particular dish was ours - it obviously wasn't. I would go back here when they work out some more issues. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I went there with some friends of mine, we had a reservation and due to the amazing weather we wanted to sit outside, which they immediately accomodated. Appetizers were really good, decent beer and great wine list. But then we waited for more than 2 hours for our entrées. Were told several times they would look after our plates. The food was very tasty and right portioned (which means on the smaller side, which I love) and reminded me of my childhood days in Italy. Then the big surprise, the owner (I suppose) took care of our bill including all drinks and food plus desserts. I hope this doesn't happen more often for the guests and the owners, but if a lapse is made up for in such a way, there's nothing left to say than thank you."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were acknowledged every 30 min. After ordering drinks we would see them sitting at the bear for at least 15 min before we got them. Took 90 noon to get our food. Would a NEVER go back. The manager was our server"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Have eaten dinner here on 3 separate occasions, once with a group of 8 and in all cases the food was terrific, the weight staff attentive and great and the atmosphere relaxed and fun. The last time it was packed because patio weather finally hit and we still were handled attentively and well by busy wait staff, food was still wonderful and the energy of the atmosphere super fun.Highly recommended!A neighbourhood gem"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Good spot for Italian on Queen West - I would say every bit as good as Gusto but not as 'King Westy' Has a great looking patio that should be packed when the good weather rolls in Calamari is my favorite in the city "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Very good menu, very well done. Noisy - some softer surfaces would help, but this is a small nit. Vitello Destingo is an awesome dish. We went once before, for weekend brunch, which was awesome. All good, this restaurant deserves to be a success."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is turning into my favorite brunch place - the ricotta pancakes are delicious and so is the cranberry bread. Love the atmosphere, the coffee and the amazing service!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I went to Destingo for Winterlicious. I usually have subpar experiences at Winterlicious restaurants so I didn't know what to expect. I went with my parents and boyfriend and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was excellent, the food was remarkable. My mom had the fish which was a generous portion and very juicy and well-seasoned. My margherita pizza was to die for, the tomato sauce was very fresh and I loved how thin the crust was. The dessert was a chocolate caramel tart which was delicious too. I’d love to visit again in the summer, sit on the patio and sip on sangria!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The restaurant had a modern rustic feel. Service was friendly and timely."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Three of us had dinner and each of our entrees were fabulous. Melt in your mouth, fabulous. The service was attentive and friendly. And the tiramisu is divine - I would go back just for the tiramisu!!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went here before a play at Factory theatre and had a great meal. It was a reduced menu for Valentine's Day and still the choices were great. We loved every course, and a great selection of wines by the glass too. Service was outstanding and a highlight of an already excellent experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We dined here during Winterlicious 2014. The food was very good and the service was excellent. The only complaint was that the room was very cold as the front of the restaurant is all glass. I'm sure this will be great for the warmer months but makes winter dining a bit nippy. We did enjoy our experience though so we will certainly return to sample their regular menu."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Loved everything about this place that I went twice in a week for Winterlicious. Put it out on social media, and got a bunch of my friends to go as well. The portions were great. Food was delicious. And service was good. usually people associate affordable food with bad service, but you really get the best of both worlds. This is a gem in the city, and I will be going back especially during the summer."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Found the service very good. Was never left looking for a server. Really enjoyed the grilled calamari. Not as happy with the chicken parm. Felt it was a little skimpy on the chicken for the amount of coating. Otherwise, tasted really good. Another minor complaint is about the seating. First spot was by the kitchen and wasn't too happy about that. Second spot was by the front door and the evening was far too chilly to be sitting there. The restaurant was only half-full so I was disappointed to feel I wasn't worth being sat at a table for four in a better location. I may or may not be back there again. So many more places to discover."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "The food was good, service was fine. It wasn't too expensive even if there wasn't the winterlicious menu. Food was well timed and served hot."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Delicious Food, friendly staff and a very warm and cute enviornment"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Most of us enjoyed our various items but good food was cooled to the point of being lukewarm by being served on very thick cold plates."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "not impressed at all with the service - waiting times were way too long even tho it was before rush hour & we waited for our table for an hour despite our reservation. calamari was fine and everything else was forgettable."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We went to Destingo randomly for lunch as it was during Winterlicious - what a plesant surprise as it was great food for a great price ($15 for 3 course lunch)."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I went to Destingo with a couple friends for an early-ish brunch (10:15am). It is a beautifully decorated place but we were the only people in the restaurant which was a little off-putting but perhaps we were quite early. We had the ricotta pancakes, Royal eggs benedict and a frittata like dish. The food was really nice except that my friend's home fries were a little cold and the coffee wasn't particularly strong. Will go back but might book a table later in the morning so that there are more people and things have already got moving."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Everything was great except that our entree took around 40min to be served. This was surprising since we all ordered off of the Winterlicious prix fixe menu. We asked for extra bread since the entree was taking so long and the waiter forgot it. We had to ask a second time. Other than that, the food, atmosphere, and service were excellent!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Needed a bite before going to Factory Theatre. Good location, large space with plenty of seating choices. Really enjoyed the food (pizzas delic) and the service excellent. Very addictive focaccia. Only wish the chairs were more comfortable. Imagine it would be great place to eat in the summer when the patio is open."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Service was excellent. Overall, we had a great time and look forward to returning."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "What a treat this spot was. Great service from the moment we walked in all the way thru. Our waiter was very helpful in helping us decide what to get. The food was very tasty."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We did our search for a restaurat through Open Table as was not sure who would be open Christmas Day. Wanted a stand alone restaurant ideally, versus something in a hotel. I am thrilled to have found this place. We felt very welcome and were treated wonderfully. There was a little glitch with one order but who could be upset with anyone on Christmas? Stuff happens. We never felt rushed and the couple hours we spent there just flew by. Looking forward to going back when the weather is warm and patio is open."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "My boyfriend and I were in Toronto for New Year's Eve from the west end and were searching for an italian restaurant with a set menu for the evening. We came across Destingo through open table and decided to give it ashot as the menu had many different options for our different tastes. From the bruschetta to Tiramisu we thoroughly enjoyed our meals! 5 courses for $49/person was the best value for such high quality food and service. I cannot wait to return for the gnocchi soon! All of the service staff including the maître d and Stephanie who served us I cannot forget to mention. They were friendly and attentive - making the atmosphere even more enjoyable. We definitely would recommend this restaurant to anyone and can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food here was great....the only disappointment was that my friend and I went specifically because they were serving traditional Christmas dinner on Christmas night for a reasonable price, but they started serving at 3pm, our reservations were for 5pm and by the time we got there, they were out of turkey!!?? They had only cooked 3 turkeys....considering how early our seating was, I'm sure we weren't the only disappointed ones. They advised that they were booked up for the night....not good planning. The food off the regular menu was fine, but that's not what we went for or were looking forward to. The service was excellent by the way."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Flew in to Toronto on Christmas day with my girlfriend. Needed a place to eat. This was one of the few open that was not Chinese. Had a great atmosphere. Wait staff was extremely helpful. Despite the restaurant being fairly full, the food did not take too long to arrive. I gave the food rating 4 stars as my gf loved her meal and I thought mine (agnolotti) could have used a bit more oomph, like jalapenos. We didn't take any dessert, as we were already stuffed. Being Christmas however, each patron was given a box of Venezia Christmas cake, which to me goes a long way."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Have nothing but good things to say about Destingo. It was our first time and we went for brunch - really liked it and will be back."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The food was excellent, the service outstanding and the atmosphere superb! A gem, only short coming was the noise level."
    Dined on 12/24/2013